- Nick Carson
Welcome to the Insurance Institute of Cambridge.
First of all, I hope everyone is healthy and safe during this difficult time. I must say that I am still in shock that I have been asked to write a President’s message for the Cambridge CII. When I attended the AGM 3 years ago just to find out more, I did not expect to now be voted in as the President. I am excited for the year ahead and I am honoured to be President of this institute. It is our 100th year as an institute so lets make it a good one. I have a fantastic set of council members, many of which are new to council and I know they will benefit from this new experience.
When I agreed to be put forward as President, it was a concerning time for the institute due to previous council members leaving. However, I am delighted at the response that has been received since we asked members to get involved. Local institutes are extremely important and must survive so I urge anyone reading this message to get involved and attend a council meeting to understand what it is all about.
Looking at the year ahead, we will all be working together to deliver high quality CPD events for all of our members. With the current COVID-19 crisis, holding CPD events is a challenging task but it has meant that we will be hosting more webinars, which I expect will reach more members than our previously arranged seminars. We will strive to bring you informative, interesting and educational CPD content in the months ahead.
My aims for the next 12 months are:
Improved engagement with our members both Insurance and PFS members
Explore new methods of delivering CPD such as webinars. Given COVID-19, we have already started this and it is proving to be successful
Provide more half-day/full day CPD events for people to attend, once COVID restrictions are lifted obviously!
Provide more revision courses to help members with their qualifications
Collaboration with Local Institutes for CPD and social events
We are always more than happy to welcome anyone who wants to volunteer on council, in whatever capacity they can. Please do get in touch with me or any other council members if you want to learn more. I have learnt so many new skills since I joined council and met some fantastic people within the industry. It will definitely help you in both your work and personal life.
My final thought is that during this difficult time, if you find yourself in financial difficulty, the Insurance Charities may be able to assist. Please visit their website at https://www.theinsurancecharities.org.uk/